The Columbus Crew returned home for the first match since last year’s MLS Final and the result was the same, a 2-1 loss.
Columbus could have opened the scoring on multiple occasions early in the first half, however, they wasted the majority of scoring chances. With 19 shots, the Crew put just seven on target, with many just wide of the net.
Although outplayed in nearly every category, the Philadelphia Union capitalized on their chances, burying two of their four shots on target. Newly acquired midfielder Chris Pontius scored his first two goals for the Union. He put his club up 1-0 in stoppage time of the first half then added the eventual game-winner in the 71st.
Kei Kamara helped make a late surge for the Crew scoring in the 87th, however, Columbus finished the game the way they started. They created many chances in the final minutes of the game but failed to put any in the net, including one from just yards out when Justin Meram had his tap-in opportunity saved by Union keeper Andre Blake.
Check out some takeaways from the game in pictures:
Finlay found chances throughout the first half however couldn’t open the scoring for his club, missing just wide.
Chris Pontius scored a volley off a deflected throw in to give the Philadelphia Union a 1-0 lead in the 45th.
Andre Blake steps up:
The Union keeper routinely got the better of Kei Kamara and the Crew making six saves.
There was no stunning bicycle kick in this match from Federico Higuain as the midfielder had no shots on goal.
Philadelphia celebrates after Chris Pontius scores his second goal of the match in the 71st minute.
Kamara makes it a game:
Kamara finally got the better of Union keeper Andre Blake, netting a header in the 87th
Justin Meram for the tie?
Meram was brought on late in the second half and had two shots on goal, including one from just over six yards out near stoppage time. Blake made both saves, however, and the Crew lost their home opener.